Rethinking the Next China

by Stephen S. Roach Added 26.05.2017
NEW HAVEN – For the past seven years, I have taught a popular class at Yale, called “The Next China.” From the start, the focus has been on the transitional imperatives of the modern Chinese economy – namely, the shift from a long-successful...

The GCC’s View of “One Belt, One Road”

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Added 26.05.2017

Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 24.05.2017
PARIS – The American people can escape from the ordeal of Donald Trump’s presidency in one of three ways. But if and when they do is an irreducibly political question, not one that hinges on legal possibilities. First, there’s the Nixonian...

Understanding Today’s Stagnation

by Robert J. Shiller Added 23.05.2017
NEW HAVEN – Ever since the “Great Recession” of 2007-2009, the world’s major central banks have kept short-term interest rates at near-zero levels. In the United States, even after the Federal Reserve’s recent increases, short-term rates remain...

The Iranian Opportunity

by Javier Solana Added 23.05.2017
MADRID – Last week, the people of Iran decided to continue along the path toward openness. Fifty-seven percent of voters chose to elect the reformist President Hassan Rouhani to a second term. The rest of the world should welcome Rouhani’s...

Trump on Islam: Neo-Orientalism and anti-Shi’ism

by Juan Cole Added 22.05.2017
Trump’s speech on Islam, written by notorious Islamophobe Stephen Miller, who used to organize Orwellian Two Minutes Hate sessions against Muslims at Duke, is just as bizarre as everything else Trump does. Miller-Trump imply, as has become...

The White House Crack-Up

by Elizabeth Drew Added 19.05.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – On both sides of the White House fence, near-nervous breakdowns abound. The White House staff is said to be in a state of near collapse – bouncing from one presidential crisis to another, trying all the while to hide from a...

A Long Way from Comey to Watergate

by Sean Wilentz Added 11.05.2017
PRINCETON – President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is unprecedented, as is much of what Trump has undertaken as president. Despite similarities with President Richard M. Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” 44 years...

Whistling Past the Geopolitical Graveyard

by Nouriel Roubini Added 08.05.2017
NEW YORK – With Emmanuel Macron’s defeat of the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, the European Union and the euro have dodged a bullet. But geopolitical risks are continuing to proliferate. The populist...

The End of the Left/Right Divide?

by Ian Buruma Added 08.05.2017
NEW YORK – After the French Revolution of 1789, deputies in the National Assembly who supported the revolutionary gains sat on the left, while those who opposed them and hankered after the old order of monarchy and church congregated on the...

Trumpcare is the best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance

by Juan Cole Added 05.05.2017
The sadism and greed of the American Republican Party was on full display Thursday, as the House GOP voted to destroy Obamacare and remove the coverage for pre-existing conditions (50 million Americans suffer from them). Oh, this sabotage is...

Emmanuel Macron takes step closer to French presidency with strong performance in fiery debate

by Delia Dumitrescu Added 05.05.2017
Emmanuel Macron was a virtually unknown figure in French politics before 2012. Now, as leader of the new political movement En Marche! he finds himself in the position of being the defender of French liberal democratic values in the second round...

Where US Manufacturing Jobs Really Went

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 04.05.2017
BERKELEY – In the two decades from 1979 to 1999, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States drifted downward, from 19 million to 17 million. But over the next decade, between 1999 and 2009, the number plummeted to 12 million. That...

The French Election and Europe’s Future

by Joschka Fischer Added 29.04.2017
BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to celebrate. But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers...

Can North Korea Transform U.S. - China Relations?

by Daniel Wagner Added 27.04.2017
In international relations there is no such thing as coincidences, and powers of observation and gut instinct can sometimes tell more than all the intelligence at one’s disposal. Take, for example, the Kafkaesque narrative occurring in relation...

Russia’s Neo-Feudal Capitalism

by Anders Åslund Added 27.04.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Vladimir Putin’s Russia is looking more and more like the sclerotic and stagnant Soviet Union of the Leonid Brezhnev era. But in one area, Putin’s regime remains an innovator: corruption. Indeed, in this, the 18th year of...

Palestinians Prisoners Hunger Strike

by James J. Zogby Added 27.04.2017
  One thousand five hundred Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike for almost a week now. They are refusing sustenance in an effort to improve the deplorable conditions faced by the nearly 6,500 Palestinians who are currently...

A World Turned Inside Out

by Stephen S. Roach Added 27.04.2017
NEW HAVEN – Slowly but surely, a bruised and battered global economy now appears to be shaking off its deep post-crisis malaise. If the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecasts are borne out – an iffy proposition, to be sure – the nearly...

Will London Survive Brexit?

by Howard Davies Added 26.04.2017
LONDON – Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a...

Frexit: how a Le Pen victory could unleash a tsunami of economic volatility

by Panicos O. Demetriades Added 25.04.2017
With Marine Le Pen through to the second round of the French presidential elections, the prospect of Frexit, which is at the centre of her economic policies, is beginning to spook financial markets. While the possibility of Le Pen winning in the...
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